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The Fungus Among Us

By | June 11, 2012

Researchers find a slew of new fungal species inhabiting the human gut, and suggest a link to an inflammatory bowel disease.

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A Greener Arctic

By | June 11, 2012

Algal blooms are appearing under the ice in the Arctic Ocean in areas thought to receive too little light to support photosynthetic life.

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Discovering Phasmids

By | June 9, 2012

Shortly after a rat infested supply ship ran around in Lord Howe Island off the east coast of Australia in 1918, the newly introduced mammals wiped out the island's phasmids—stick insects the size of a human hand. 

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Naturally Resistant HIV Foils Therapy

By | June 8, 2012

New computational modeling suggests pre-existing HIV drug resistance mutations may contribute more to drug failure than previously thought.

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Autistic Fish?

By | June 7, 2012

Minnows living in water with psychoactive pharmaceuticals have autism-like gene expression profiles, pointing to an environmental trigger for the disorder.

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FDA OKs Early Stage Trials

By | June 5, 2012

The regulatory agency will allow early-stage breast cancer patients to try experimental drugs previously reserved for those with advanced disease.

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Opinion: Justice Delayed, Health Denied

By | June 4, 2012

African justice systems must change to help curb HIV and tuberculosis transmission in prisons.

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$18M Grant to Be Re-reviewed

By | June 1, 2012

A Texas cancer institute is taking a second look at the largest grant it ever awarded after concerns were raised that the proposal never received proper scientific review.

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Best in Industry, 2012

By | June 1, 2012

Whether working for a pharmaceutical giant or a biotech start-up with a unique vision, researchers who responded to this year’s Best Places to Work in Industry survey are translating society’s most pressing scientific needs into a new generation of drugs, research tools, and cutting-edge innovations.

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Surgical Art

By | June 1, 2012

InĀ 1929 and 1930, Johns Hopkins Medical School surgeon Warfield Firor carried out a series of experiments to determine how long blood could flow between animals with joined circulatory systems. Without using any anti-coagulants, Firor attempted to es

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